If I had to choose a word to describe what was originally intended to be the Riverdale season four finale, it would be melancholy. This episode closes the door for the show’s first four seasons, and the ending scene gives you a feeling of bittersweet closure.
The remaining of the worst-kept secrets are fully revealed. However, if you are expecting explosions and fears, look elsewhere. But maybe that’s the point. Chapters in our lives don’t always close with a bang, sometimes with a mere whisper.
The graduation ceremony itself proves to be by far the most emotional scene (at least in the opinion of the reviewers) with a wonderfully timed musical overlay that is really well received. There is also no shortage of flashabacks that are spread throughout the episode and really deepen the feeling of “closure”. It’s also clear that while Fred is gone, his presence on the show is still felt by those who loved him. When it comes to Archie, the memory of his father influences everything he does and every decision he makes. Fred even has a little memento in the time capsule like he should. Speaking of time capsules: Perhaps the past of others can influence others more than we realize.
If anything, Graduation does a good job of setting up a big jump in time and opening the door for new stories to be told. On the one hand, I hope that with new stories there will be a big and new drama. It is what I long for. I get what I want we’ll see.
If you think this spoiler light preview won’t tell you anything, then that’s fine too. The DNRs are REAL this time and they kind of tie your hands. Like I said, thank your reviewers folks.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 / 7c on The CW